Being an artist in any part of the world is a very relevant thing, and there are certain circumstances for each country, time, and place. Palestine has witnessed the worst of cruelty that cannot be hidden from anyone; it is a story of a long struggle where everything has become familiar. People in Palestine need art in order to find creative ways of dealing with situations that can be very tough and sometimes even impossible. We have a very vibrant and active art [scene] in Palestine, which is something that speaks positively about the future; but the [usual] image [of Palestinians known to] the world [is of] victims or ultimate heroes – something I do not like. I like working in grey areas, even though the attempt to ‘break’ such an image is very hard, to the extent that it can totally imprison us – and this in itself requires a lot of effort to break [free] from.
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